My Mom's Apricot Roll-up Cookies

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Introduction: My Mom's Apricot Roll-up Cookies

About: I teach in a Makerspace in a public elementary school in Oakland, CA. I also am obsessed with making mosaics.

My Mom used to make these cookies whenever we had a lot of people over to our house. Everyone loved them. Once they found out how easy they are to make, everyone wanted the recipe. It's time to share this recipe with the world!

Also, the dough is very versatile. Not only is it good with other sweet fillings, you can also use it for savory appetizers, as long as you roll out the dough in flour instead of sugar. We used to use it for little mushroom bites. The filling: saute mushrooms in butter or olive oil with oregano and thyme. After they are cooked, turn off heat and add a dollop of sour cream. So delicious!

Step 1: Gather Ingredients

You will need:

1 cup of butter (2 sticks)

8 oz of cream cheese

2 1/4 cups of flour

About 3/4 a cup of confectioners (for rolling out the dough and sprinkling on top)

1/2 teaspoon of salt

About 3/4 cup of apricot jam (or any kind you prefer)

Step 2: Make the Dough

Using a food processor (or a pastry blender, like my Mom), mix together the flour, butter, cream cheese and salt until a ball of dough forms (I use the pulse feature at first to make sure everything gets mixed in, then go ahead a press, "on," until the dough forms a ball)

Step 3: Chill the Dough

Divide the dough into 2 parts, and form each part into a disc. Wrap the discs (I use waxed paper, I'm sure saran wrap is fine, too) and chill them in the fridge for an hour.

Step 4: Roll Out and Fill Dough

After the dough has chilled, preheat over to 375 F. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment, silicon sheet or grease.

Sprinkle powdered sugar on your work-space. Divide one of the dough disks in half. Roll out this piece of dough in the powered sugar to 1/8 an inch. This dough is really easy to work with. Cut the rolled-out dough into 2 1/2 inch squares. This doesn't have to be precise; it's just the size that seems to work best for me. Put a 1/4 tsp. of jam into each square.

Step 5: Form Cookies

Fold one corner diagonally towards the other corner (see first picture). Press down to seal. Fold over the over the other corner and press down to seal. Place cookies on prepared cookie sheet.

Step 6: Bake and Cool

Bake cookies until golden, about 15 minutes. Place on a rack to cool.

Step 7: Finish and Enjoy!

These cookies are good with or without a sifting of powdered sugar. If your guest want the recipe, you can share this link with them! Enjoy.

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    12 Comments

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    AjS62
    AjS62

    1 year ago

    I believe my Hungarian grandmother made these, but, without the cream cheese. Indeed, they are terrific. Thanks for the post!

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    Rochellejacobs
    Rochellejacobs

    Reply 1 year ago

    You are so welcome. I'm glad this post brought memories of your grandmother.

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    PeterM520
    PeterM520

    1 year ago

    Wow. I'm thinking if we could make a chocolate variety of this (rather than apricot) I would give up all other types of food and subsist on these alone!

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    Rochellejacobs
    Rochellejacobs

    Reply 1 year ago

    Let me know if you try a chocolate filling and I will join you on that diet!

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    JustineM32
    JustineM32

    1 year ago

    These look delish!
    Nice work! :-)

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    Rochellejacobs
    Rochellejacobs

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks. They are a great cookie and a really sweet memory of my mom.

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    siessmayerad
    siessmayerad

    1 year ago

    These are called Kiffels. :)

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    Rochellejacobs
    Rochellejacobs

    Reply 1 year ago

    I just googled Kiffels and got all kinds of new ideas for fillings! Thank you for this comment!

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    jeanniel1
    jeanniel1

    1 year ago

    My mom used to make these cookies, too, on special occasions. They are so good and easy to eat! The hard part was putting just enough jam in the middle so that it didn't leak out when baking.

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    Rochellejacobs
    Rochellejacobs

    Reply 1 year ago

    I know! It's so tempting to want to fill them with more jam than they can handle. We are both lucky to have memories of our mom's baking cookies for special occaisons.

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    Gadisha
    Gadisha

    1 year ago

    These look good, I'll keep them in mind, thanks.

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    kode1303
    kode1303

    1 year ago

    Looks very nice. Thanks.